Harry Kane is living proof Pritchard and Alli can thrive at Spurs next season

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The 21-year-old's exploits should make Tottenham Hotspur fans cautiously optimistic about the young duo next term.

Let's take a look at Harry Kane's record before he stunned the football world with his 30-goal and counting season this term.

The 21-year-old spent spells on loan at Leyton Orient, Millwall, Norwich City and Leicester City, before a season at Tottenham where he made a slight impact. He impressed wherever he could but didn't exactly set the world alight.

This campaign, though, he was given a chance, having faith showed in him by boss Mauricio Pochettino (and rather late on in the season, at that) and boom: look what happened.

Kane is just 21. He had no experience of scoring a winner in a north London derby or tearing Chelsea apart before this term. But he didn't need it: he did those things anyway.

And that could be all the proof Tottenham need that both Alex Pritchard and Dele Alli can thrive at White Hart Lane next season.

There are individual differences between Kane and the duo, certainly. They need to be 100 per cent ready to make a difference at Spurs or the opportunity coming too soon may be detrimental to their development. But, at the same time, Kane looked nowhere near as special while out on loan as they have...

Alli has absolutely thrived at MK Dons - hence Tottenham's decision to sign him. He won the Football League Young Player of the Year award on Sunday night and is clearly good enough to play a level or two above the division he is currently in.

Why not bed him in at Spurs next term, then? The club should show caution, yes, as he is 19. But, if he is good enough, he is good enough - as well as caution, big clubs must take risks.

Pritchard, the same age as Kane, is certainly so. The season he has had in the Championship has seen him dominate against a multitude of different sides. If he can do it in the second tier, there is a strong possibility he can do so against teams in the bottom half of the Premier League - at the very least.

The point is: trusting both Pritchard and Alli at Tottenham may take a leap of faith and plenty of fans are rightly offering words of caution about them linking up with the club. But Kane showed that ability and drive make anything possible. If they're good enough, they'll thrive at Spurs. He is living proof.

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